Joe Lieberman Won't Seek Another Term

Joe Lieberman will announce tomorrow he won't seek re-election in 2012.

I doubt he'll be missed.

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    He'll always be the beta (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by observed on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 07:02:20 PM EST
    version of Obama to me.

    Alpha... (none / 0) (#7)
    by Thanin on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 07:11:29 PM EST
    we're still working through beta.

    Lest we forget... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by lentinel on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 08:06:30 PM EST
    "... what I know is, Joe Lieberman's a man with a good heart, with a keen intellect, who cares about the working families of America."

     "I am absolutely certain that Connecticut's going to have the good sense to send Joe Lieberman back to the United States Senate."

     Barack Obama - 2006.

    Ezra misses him already (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:14:35 PM EST

    Traitor though he may be, I thought Sen. (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by oculus on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 11:05:04 PM EST
    Lieberman did a good job presenting Sen. McCain's bio at the GOP convention.  


    I thought the same thing (none / 0) (#20)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 07:01:42 AM EST
    They played it last night on some newsy program that was on that I wasn't paying attention to until he came on.  Then I shook my head, how was it that I ever thought he was a Democrat after watching that stellar performance?

    He'll always be "Rape Gurney Joe" to me (4.75 / 4) (#2)
    by shoephone on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 06:42:06 PM EST
    Oh, and let's not forget the pathetic way he failed to hold Bush accountable for the debacles following Hurricane Katrina -- like he promised he would.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Connecticut can do a lot better.

    And to me, too (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Zorba on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 06:57:49 PM EST
    In fact, I stopped giving to NARAL and Planned Parenthood when they endorsed Joe Lieberman, and I told them why.

    CT and the country (none / 0) (#8)
    by MO Blue on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 07:16:09 PM EST
    can do a lot better than Joe Lieberman. Unfortunately, he will probably still be on TV as one of the "very serious people."

    well, (none / 0) (#1)
    by bocajeff on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 06:36:01 PM EST
    "I doubt he'll be missed." Except by many who voted him in over the Dem in 2006.

    2006 (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by CST on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 06:55:12 PM EST
    was a long time ago.

    He's burned a lot of bridges since then.


    ""It all adds up to a 25% approval rating with 67% of his constituents giving him bad marks," the study concludes. "Barack Obama's approval rating with Connecticut Republicans is higher than Lieberman's with the state's Democrats.""


    Really? (none / 0) (#17)
    by cal1942 on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 02:35:40 AM EST
    Do you really think an ego maniac like Lieberman wouldn't run if thought he could win.

    A real shame (none / 0) (#4)
    by brodie on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 06:56:06 PM EST
    that CT and the US couldn't have had good, honest mod-lib Repub Sen Lowell Weicker for a longer time.  But the Buckleys of CT wanted him out, and backed Joe.

    Double shame that our guy Al Gore had to dip into the anti-Clinton playbook with his Lieberman gambit in 2000, which Al considered a very clever and bold "out of the box" pick.  Might also have cost him the election, with Joe's reckless comments on MTP about overseas military ballots.

    Not having Lieberman as VP ... (none / 0) (#9)
    by Erehwon on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 07:39:38 PM EST
    was the consolation prize for Bush v. Gore decided the wrong way.

    Well, we may not be seeing the (none / 0) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 08:17:03 PM EST
    last of Joe.  He may be headed for a Cabinet post or Senior Advisor.  Secretary of Homeland Security would be fitting since he was allowed to be Chair of that Senate Committee.  Napolitano could always be shuffled around, perhaps, to Attorney General. After all, Joe and Obama are pretty close in terms of right/center politics, except Joe is better on gay issues.

    In who's administration? :) (none / 0) (#13)
    by republicratitarian on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 10:11:17 PM EST
    Obama will probably be in the unemployment line with Joe after 2012.

    Oh, never (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 05:53:20 AM EST
    fear Joe could get a job in a republican administration. They like him better than the Dems do.

    Neither will Kent Conrad (none / 0) (#12)
    by Politalkix on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 08:49:05 PM EST
    seek another term

    Nice Picture (none / 0) (#18)
    by cal1942 on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 02:40:16 AM EST
    But it would have been more fitting if he were wielding a shovel.

    And here I was thinking that it was (none / 0) (#21)
    by Anne on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 07:24:27 AM EST
    the elephant that should have been holding the shovel/broom...I daresay Joe has produced more rhetorical manure than any elephant has the other kind.

    Joe won't be disappearing; I'm pretty sure he'll make himself more available than ever to cameras and microphones - and it really would not surprise me if the Obama administration picked him up in the free agent market, either.



    He'll be (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by cal1942 on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 09:23:30 AM EST
    the Village media go to guy on all matters great and petty.

    Move over Newt.


    I am sure that Obama will want to (none / 0) (#25)
    by MO Blue on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 09:49:45 AM EST
    reward Joe for the stellar job he did on channeling the health insurance legislation in the right direction.



    See my comment above :) (none / 0) (#26)
    by republicratitarian on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 10:50:13 AM EST
    Kent, Joe... (none / 0) (#22)
    by lilburro on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 08:23:11 AM EST
    all these incumbents finally giving up their seats...somebody up there loves me!

    Kay Bailey Hutchison not seeking reelection (none / 0) (#23)
    by ruffian on Wed Jan 19, 2011 at 09:11:04 AM EST
    either. As I recall she is Capt Howdy's nightmare scenario Republican presidential candidate, since she really could win. May have to fight off Gov. Goodhair from her own state though.

    I'm sure a certain foreign government in the ME (none / 0) (#27)
    by SeeEmDee on Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 06:40:50 AM EST
    is a crying a river right now.

    But then, like far too many of his peers, he's done what they always wanted, at the expense of his supposed constituents and the rest of the US, so they got 'good value' from him.

    A pity that we, who paid his salary, didn't.